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Solonex LLC v. Bernhardt

ELR Case

The D.C. Circuit vacated a district court ruling concerning DOI's cancellation of an oil and gas lease in Montana. The leaseholder challenged the Department's cancellation, and the district court ruled in its favor, holding that the...

Solenex LLC v. Jewell

ELR Case

A district court vacated DOI's cancellation of an oil company's oil and gas lease in Montana. The company argued that cancellation after more than 30 years for a pre-lease NEPA violation that was never disclosed to the company was...

H.R. 5014

ELR Congressional Update

Dewey Home & Investment Properties, LLC v. Delaware Riverkeeper Network

ELR Case

A Pennsylvania court dismissed developers' lawsuit against environmental activists and township residents for alleged tortious interference with contract with respect to a series of oil and gas leases. In an underlying suit, the...

Montana Environmental Information Center v. United States Bureau of Land Management

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded a lower court decision that environmental groups lacked standing to challenge BLM...

Beardslee v. Inflection Energy, LLC

ELR Case

The Second Circuit held that New York's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing did not allow energy companies to extend oil and gas leases they entered into with landowners. The leases contained "force majeure" clauses, excusing the parties...

Harrison v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

ELR Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that oil and gas leases need not be extended where the lessor has pursued an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the validity of the lease. An oil company that had been unsuccessfully sued by its lessor...

Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Pennsylvania

ELR Case

A Pennsylvania court held that the state legislature acted within its constitutional authority when it gave itself the power to transfer money out of a special account, funded by oil and gas revenue from state lands, that had been set...

Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, LLC v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR Case

A district court denied an environmental group's motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from issuing oil and gas leases in central and southwest Nevada due to allegedly defective environmental analyses. Although BLM has conducted a lease...